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not invent this strategy of trying to get his way on policy. remember george w. bush after he was reelected. george w. bush took off an a tour of the country at the start of his second term. what president bush was barn storming the country with to call americans to action about was his idea we should privatize social security. >> i like going around the country. i am going to keep telling people we've got a problem until it sinks in. >> it did not sink in and we did not turn social security over to wall street the way president bush suggested. that is less a caution for the current president, that president's broadly speaking shouldn't try to involve their public in their policy causes. it seems less a caution for president's broadly speaking on trying to do that than it is a specific cautionary tale about trying to involve the public in your cause when the public hates your cause, when the public doesn't agree with you. president obama has the public on his side. president george w. bush was touring the country behind an idea that was wildly unpopular. for president obama, people already
george w. bush talk about taking a softer line on immigration the day after republicans in the senate refused to ratify a treaty on discrimination against disabled people. those are two different courses for the republican party and i see one thing that strikes me, you have george w. bush here, robert dole, another former presidential nominee on the floor of the state. the party is moving on. these are not the most powerful voices in the party. the speeches we heard yesterday from marco rubio and paul ryan are i think more influential when trying to look at where is the republican party going to go. >> and, in fact, paul ryan here's another little bit of paul ryan speaking at that jack kemp forum, speaking of former presidential candidates the lake jack kemp. >> though i wish this election turned out a little differently, i'm proud of the campaign that mitt romney and i ran. losing is part of politics. and it can often prepare the way for greater victories. >> speaking of greater victories, at the latest "washington post"/abc poll on hillary clinton, chris cizilla indicates strong sup
written by a judge who was appointed be i president george w. bush says the illinois eves dropping statute restricts far more speech than necessary to protect legitimate privacy interests. it violates free speech and free press guarantees. the people of illinois had tired of this obviously unconstitutional law before the supreme court disposed of it this week. in august of last year, a woman was prosecuted for recording internal investigators who she believed were trying to persuade her not to file a sexual harassment complaint against a police officer. the woman went to trial and was found not guilty by a jury of her peers. the good police officers in this country, which is to say most, have no problem with the supreme cou court's decision. you can videotape them all day and you won't find them doing anything wrong. >> thank you. >> but tonight, thanks to federal judges appoint ed wii both democratic and republican presidents, some chicago cops, the bad cops, have something new to fear. your video. [ male announcer ] introducing the new dell xps 12. part of a whole new line of tablets fro
. and of course he's talking about when george w. bush tried restructure social security, couldn't broker a deal in the home. is there a chance that the president is overreading the mandate, that we know the american people agree with him about taxes on the rich, but anything else is fair game? >> no. i don't think there's a comparison between those two at all. what bush made the mistake of is that the u.s. public does not support ending or privatizing social security. there have been poll after poll about raising taxes on the 1% of the u.s. public, the wealthiest. and poll after poll shows that close to 70% of the u.s. public agrees with that. there was no poll that ever showed that the u.s. public agreed with privatizing social security. >> most americans know that a big driver of the deficit and the biggest expenses we have are entitlements. you said grover norquist house of cards may come crumbling down. is the bigger problem revenue or democrats not wanting to give big cuts on entitlement? >> no. i think the bigger problem is grover norquist if you want to know the truth. he's the bigger pr
basically -- basically, they are tony blair to george w. bush's margaret thatcher. they have said, we have to keep 98% of the bush tax cuts in place for the betterment of the economy. >> it's so much bigger than that. >> they have won. >> republicans won. >> we have won. tax breaks. >> so to give a couple of percentage points to 2% of people. >> it could be so much bigger because the conversation has been shifted to how do we reduce our deficit. >> brian sullivan, thank you so much. greatly appreciate your insights. thanks for being with us on "way too early." you can catch brian on cnbc's "street signs" at 2:00 p.m. he is the hardest working man in show business, or at least on the other side of the river. >>> coming up this morning, we've got republican senator tom coburn. can't wait to talk to tom. also, tom cole will be here on set. that's great. we're going to ask him what he was thinking last week. i'm joking. congressman. also, democratic senator claire mccaskill. can you believe this? and congressman chris van hollen. also, we're going to bring in former national security adviser d
was a statistical tie between al gore and george w. bush, the country does move on and we head to the next election. >> i always say to people, look, mitt romney didn't come all that close to winning. he didn't come as close as i thought he might. one quick other follow-up on this, the thing i've been struck by, does mitt romney retain a constituency within the repub c republican party? he was the nominee. he got the votes. but it doesn't seem like he's having much influence. he's not in office right now so is not doing -- i don't see him returning to an office. he's not going to run for president again. does he kind of just shuffle off to the side? >> it really seems that way. one of the more amazing things is the imprint he had on the republican party, its ideas, seem so little right now particularly just weeks after the presidential election. you can make the argument even john mccain who lost decisively in 2008, all the republicans and the tea party people who are demanding an end to earmarks, there was john mccain, and very little -- one of the calls mitt romney ended up having that republica
of the republican party, president george w. bush weighed in on immigration reform and bucked the self-deporting show me your papers rhetoric that has overtaken the gop in recent years. w. leaned on the sentiment of compassionate conservatism that first got him elected to the white house. >> not only do immigrants help build our economy, they invigorate our soul. america can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time. as our nation debates the proper course of action related to immigration, i hope we do so with a benevolent spirit and keep in mind the trun countrybution of immigrants. >> he said immigrants will build, quote, a dynamic nation for this nation. the republicans need the support of immigrants to keep their party. latino voters broke for democrats 71 to 27. give those numbers which are abysmal at best for the republicans, are you -- well, a, the return of w., nice to see him. we always love playing sound from the former president. >> jon stewart will be happy. >> yes. >> will republicans actually embrace what george bush is calling for, which is a more incl
to win by a bigger margin than george w. bush won in 2004. it may be the second biggest margin that a democrat has won for re-election in the last 100 years. with the so-called fiscal cliff looming mr. obama sends chief negotiator treasury secretary tim gheiter for individual meetings with each member of the conditioningal leadership which includes speaker john boehner, perhaps the most important player here. the meetings mark the beginning of the real negotiations. that doesn't mean the posturing stage is behind us. one capitol hill veteran, former fdic, sheila bair, a long-time staffer by the way who butted heads with geithner in the past, made this interesting observation to david gregory about tim geithner saying he's not the right guy for the white house to be sending in for these talks. >> do you think tim geithner, secretary geithner is the right person to lead the negotiations for the administration sf. >> i don't know. i don't think this is tim's strong suit. i think tim was given the job of treasury secretary because he understood the banking system. he's not a budget
's headquarters. vice president al gore and george w. bush had a private meeting after gore officially conceded the election. and president clinton gave the defeated bob dole a presidential medal of freedom just days before the second clinton inauguration. other rivals weren't as conciliatory. herbert hoover and franklin d. roosevelt reportedly sat in silence to the inauguration. walter mondale told politico he and ronald reagan never sat down for this kind of conversation. and is a former aide to john kerry told politico that kerry and george w. bush never spoke to one another after john kerry conceded the election. joining me now, pulitzer prize winning columnist for "the washington post" and msnbc analyst eugene erickson. and we have all -- i won't speak for you. i have -- i have more than once, i think, said we will keep in touch, let's keep in touch, to someone i did not then keep in touch with. i don't think i've ever been as phony about it, though, as these two guys today promising to stay in touch with each other after lunch. >> yeah. it was probably -- i've heard some people say the mo
my lips. no new taxes. >> read my lips, no new taxes. george h.w. bush hammered that mantra to win the white house in 1988. but just two years later, the reagan deficits were skyrocketing and president bush was forced to change his most famous line. >> long and bitter battle over the budget officially ended last night. president bush put his signature on the deficit reduction package, including $140 billion in tax increases. >> tax increases. that was a turning point for the modern republican party. the right wing went crazy. and george bush lost re-election. since then the party's been committed to never compromising on the tax issue, no matter the deficit. no congressional republican has voted for an increase in taxes since 1990. think about it. for nearly a quarter of a century, no new income taxes. in the current congress, 236 house republicans vowed never to raise taxes. 40 gop senators also kept that pledge. even president george w. bush, the man who got us into two wars we didn't pay for. the president who exploded our deficit. he insisted the solution to our problems were m
george w. bush dropping in to the immigration debate in a rare public appearance yesterday at the federal reserve bank in dallas. he is the latest, of course, to attempt to bring up comprehensive immigration reform for the party, an issue that seriously hurt mitt romney with latino voters. meantime, two possible contenders laid out their vision. paul ryan and mario rubio speaking at the leadership award dinner in washington. both made not so veiled references of mitt romney's 47% remark. >> both parties tend to divide americans in to our voters and their voters. let's be really clear. republicans must steer far clear of that trap. >> there are millions of mario rubios across america today. they're not looking for a handout. all they want is a job that provides for their families. >> with me now, roger simon for politico and quote a column "when all falls, gop could try democracy." roger, a great pleasure having you on. your reaction to ryan, rubio and former president bringing up issues we didn't hear in that tone of republicans in the election. >> well, the republican party fell off the
not polite. >>> plus, an update on the condition of the former president george h.w. bush. he had a health scare in houston yesterday. we're going to tell you how he's doing this morning. >>> but first let's get to the news live at 5:30 here at 30 rock in new york city. this morning, president obama departs to pennsylvania where he will continue his campaign sales pitch on how to solve the country's fiscal challenges. yesterday treasury secretary tim geithner met with republicans to unveil the white house's budget proposal which includes $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue over ten years as well as $50 billion in additional stimulus spending. with limited details on spending cuts, the gop's reaction, less than encouraging. senator mitch mcconnell reportedly burst into laughter while geithner was in the middle of outlining obama's plan. and house speaker john boehner who described his phone call with the president wednesday night as disappointing was not impressed by the white house proposal. >> no substantive progress has been made in the talks between the white house and the house over the l
. >>> developing now, this story we need to pass along to you about former president george h.w. bush expected to be released from the hospital within the next 72 hours. doctors in houston are treating him for complications related to bronchitis. the 88-year-old is in stable condition. mr. bush has been in and out of the hospital for the last couple of weeks suffering from a severe cold. >>> we are following more developing news for you. in less than an hour from now the u.n. is set to take up a historic vote on the palestinians' bid for statehood. thousands of palestinians have already been celebrating in the streets of the west bank today. we'll fill you in. >>> plus, lunch at the white house. what we're learning about president obama and mitt romney's first face to face meeting since the election. >>> and hostess wants to give its top execs nearly $2 million worth of bonuses as thousands of workers are losing their jobs. join our conversation on twitter. find us @newsnation. [ "odd couple" theme plays ] humans -- even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, we still run into problems. namely
in a while. former president george w. bush. he use add rare appears to give his party some advice on something he has a lot of credibility on, immigration. >> they invigorate our soul. as we debate the proper course of action relating to immigration i hope we do so with a benevolent spirit. >> quite the day yesterday. >> this battle for the soul is worth going back reading those speeches from bush to ryan to rubio. >> all right. as we move on, minority report democrats trying to force a vote on extending tax cuts. some republicans about ready to break ranks. what it really takes to make a deal before time runs out. first a look ahead to the president's schedule. wondering why do the negotiations look like nothing in the way ceos do negotiations. having you ship my gifts couldn't be easier. well, having a ton of locations doesn't hurt. and a santa to boot! [ chuckles ] right, baby. oh, sir. that is a customer. oh...sorry about that. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. fedex office. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. music is a universal language. but wh
who was president at the time, the guy who opened guantanamo, george w. bush, was also saying at the time that we needed to close guantanamo. so everybody sort of agreed and dianne feinstein apparently said, hey, if everybody agrees that that must be done, let's start looking into how we are going to do it. that report requested by senator dianne feinstein from the government accountability office in 2008 has just come out. and it explains the duh is silent that, yeah, people convicted of terrorism offenses are already safely held in american prisons. a lot of them. there are 373 terrorism convicts being held in 98 different facilities that are capable of holding the kind of people who are held at guantanamo, even if there might have to be modifications to those prisons in order to hold them there. in addition, the gao also notes that there are military facilities in the united states capable of holding the guantanamo prisoners as well. with the added benefit that those facilities are only about half full right now. that defense spending bill that congress uses to block presid
expect and that we remember from the george w. bush era, i feel like some of those partisan divisions are getting blurred and you can't predict a person's divisions based on the party? >> i think that's true. it's less prominent in this space than some of the other spaces. obviously, the vote we had today on the disability treaty was painful for many of us. that was a right wing versus all of the democrats in the senate. there are a lot of things in the bill. we have talked about this before. i'm very proud of the sweeping contract reforms we got included. i hope your listeners who know the kind of money we have wasted on abusive contracts in the war space that they stay on the members of congress to make sure it stays in the bill. it's not in the house version. it's going to be a conferenceable item. all the reforms, they could really make a difference going forward that we're holding contractors accountable to a standard that americans would feel better about. >> as we have finished the war in iraq and as the end game in afghanistan is starting to become more clear, do you feel like
romney lashed him to george w. bush. the bottom line is romney could not counter the obama narrative that he wanted to go back to the policies that got the country in trouble in the first place. this was largely due to his campaign's strategic decision to try to make the election solely a referendum on obama. as a result, there was little clear rationale for a romney presidency, other than he would not be obama. david winstin joins us, adviser to john boehner, unpaid, advised newt beginning rich. david, thanks for joining us. i was trying to read your thinking here and post election analysis. i think it's so interesting. if you get people angry about the way things are economic alley you think they'll blame the incumbent but it seems like a lot of people said, yeah, things aren't that great, especially poor working people, bush. >> governor romney thought this would be a referendum of barack obama. case closed. when you take a look at group of voters who said the economy was not so good, so you would think that would be an opportunity for governor romney, actually the president carri
and israeli security. and in january of 2009, president george w. bush went to jerusalem and made a statement that summarized our policy and made the point valid which other presidents had made, including president obama, is that the israelis have a very successful state. but they don't have security for their people. they're entitled to it. the palestinians don't have a state and they want one. the only way each can get what it wants, is if the other also gets what it wants. in other words, they should be mutually vested in each other's success, in those objectives. >> president obama sent you to the middle east in 2009 following a similar armed conflict between israel and hamas. here we are, three careers later, at the end of another conflict between israel and hamas. what if anything in that region has changed since your visit in 20091. >> well the possibility of a two-state solution is more difficult now than it was then. it was very difficult then. the israelis and the palestinian authority. and it's ironic because both israel and the palestinian authority are opposed to hamas. they have
, remember president george w. bush was leading on immigration, so was senator john mccain, both on immigration and on climate change. the fact that the republican party has gotten away from sensible positions on both those issues shows how far down the rabbit hole the republican party has fallen. >> okay. well, politico reports governor brewer has met with casino magnate sheldon adelson amid talks she may run for president, yes, in 2016. stop laughing. he was such a big help to mitt romney, i suppose jan brewer might be the right logical choice next. after all, he's only spent, what was it? $150 million on this election? john? >> go ahead, john. >> go ahead, ana marie. i'm dumbfounded by the fact -- >> you're speechless? >> i'm speechless. >> why? >> jan brewer, presidential timber. are you out of your mind? there's no way. i mean -- >> i say jan brewer 2016. ana marie cox and jonathan capehart. thank you so much. >>> next, is this the week the president picks susan rice as his next secretary of state or has he preferred someone else? stay with us. [ male announcer ] alka-seltze
to a vote. this treaty, though signed by president obama, was actually negotiated by president george w. bush. but that was not good enough for 38 republicans. republicans made up transparently ridiculous reasons to vote against it. they said it threatened america's sovereignty, even though senator kerry repeatedly showed them that the treaty requires no changes in u.s. law and that the treaty cannot be used as the basis for a lawsuit in u.s. courts. the opponents said it was inappropriate to consider a treaty ma post election lame duck session, never mind that just since i've been watching the senate, they've approved treaties 19 times during lame duck sessions. and then they said, and this is what did it, this is what the 38 no votes were trapped by, the tiniest possible interest group you could imagine affecting the outcome of something so important. the homeschooling crowd. then they said that the treaty endangered homeschooling. homeschooling fanatics expressed worry that the treaty could lead to the government imposing new regulations on the homeschooling of disabled children, eve
. no one thinks that. >> i never said this was about home schooling. >> george w. bush signed -- >> i want to give you a chance, john. effectively explain how the u.n. would intervene in the household or schooling matters affecting american citizens. how would they functionally do it? interfere. >> if the u.s. signs a treaty, they're responsible for living up to that treaty and can enforce that treaty. what you're basically saying is why don't we sign the treaty and we'll just ignore it and hope other countries live up to it. >> he doesn't have an answer, chris. >> that's the answer. let me ask you this, why don't we do this -- >> i want to do him a favor. i want to endorse rick santorum for the republican nomination in 2016. >> i think you've been very clever there, john, to say some people think. do you think it? >> i think -- >> do you fear u.n. hopes coming into our country? >> it makes me very nervous when we take countries that have no beliefs in civil liberties, countries who are terrible on human rights and we say we're going to put you in charge of decisions -- >> that's not what
source, former president george w. bush. in only his second major speech since leaving office the 43rd president called on lawmakers to revamp immigration laws. >> america can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time. as our nation debates the proper course of action relating to immigration, i hope we do so with a benevolent spirit and keep in mind the contribution of immigrants. >> this is part of a larger story. some republicans looking to overhaul immigration after getting pummeled in the presidential election including a new gop superpack that hopes to give conservative donors a better return on their millions. joining me congressman luis gutierrez, democrat from illinois and member of the congressional hispanic caucus. always good to see you. >> thanks, chris, good morning. >> president obama won 71% of the latino vote we heard romney campaign manager saying he regretted running hard to the right in the primary. the opposing view is the gop's latino problem isn't based on immigration issues. there's a pew exit poll of hispanic voters taken in november found imm
frat owe and former white house deputy press secretary under president george w. bush and managing partner at hamilton place strategies kiki mclean, senior adviser to the 2008 hillary clinton presidential campaign. good morning. >> good morning. >> tony, do republicans sit back and wish governor sununu would quit talking? >> not only is it offensive to a large part of the lack trat, it happens to be wrong. republicans did very well and in fact governor romney did very well among lower income voters. so it's wrong but we shouldn't be talking that way. we should be talking about all americans and economic opportunity for all americans and trying to achieve that. that's the important thing. >> governor sununu of course has made controversial comments before. let me play for you what he said about president obama after the first presidential debate back in october. >> what people saw last night i think was a president that revealed his incompetence, how lazy and detached he is and how he has absolutely no idea how serious the economic problems of the country are. >> john sununu also su
a window of opportunity to resolve that issue. and former george h.w. bush is being treated at a hospital for bronchitis. he may be released this weekend. now back to "hardball ". >>> back to "hardball." let's take making a deal here. for all those at home who want to see republicans and democrats work together to avoid the fiscal cliff, we can bring you two lawmakers who are open to cutting a deal before the end of the year. with me are members from both sides of the aisle, u.s. congressman lee terry, a republican from nebraska, and u.s. congressman jerry connolly, a democrat from nearby southern virginia. but first, i want to start with you. you told the "omaha world herald" this about republicans, we're screwed either way. we have no leverage in these discussions. congressman, what did you mean by that? >> what i mean by that is that the president wants us to take a tax vote before he's willing to talk about anything else cutting or reforming, and republicans just aren't going to do that. so what he's doing is setting us up to be the fall people for going over the fiscal cliff. frankly
george h.w. bush is expected to leave a houston hospital by the weekend. the 88-year-old was treated for bronchitis and a lingering cough. >>> private bradley manning spoke at a hearing on charges he faces for leaking secrets to wikileaks. he told the military judge he was kept in solitary confinement and only allowed 20 minutes outdoors per day. >>> demominique strauss-kahn ha reached an agreement to settle a civil lawsuit against him by the new york hotel maid she claimed tried to rape her. >>> and the new list of the most popular baby names for 2012 is just out. so top names for the boys, aiden, jackson, ethan, liam and mason. and top names for the girls, all end in the letter "a." sophia, emma, olivia, isabella and ava. and in a surprising twist, the popular book "50 shades of grey" seemed to have influenced the list with "anna" moving higher on the list. >>> now here's your first look at this morning's dish of "scrambled politics." illinois governor pat quinn is waking up to bad news this morning. a new poll shows him to be the most unpopular governor they've surveyed in the ent
for a $10 billion nuclear reactor project. >>> 88-year-old former president george h.w. bush remains at a houston hospital in stable condition. four days after being admitted for a lingering cough related to bronchitis. >>> authorities in japan have confirmed at least nine deaths in sunday's highway tunnel collapse outside of tokyo. >>> old south church in boston plans to auction off a copy of a rare hymn book published in 1640 worth between $10 million and $20 million. >>> finally, some strange news out of north korea to tell you about where state media is reporting the discovery of an ancient unicorn layer. how do they know? archaeologists claim that they have found an ancient rock that contains the words "unicorn layer." of course. >>> and now here is your first look at this morning's dish of "scrambled politics." actress meryl streep and secretary of state hillary clinton were having way too much fun at a state department gala saturday night. part of this weekend's kennedy center honors celebration. and speaking of clinton, you can add one more name to the list of people convince
of 1990 at andrews air force base where george h.w. bush went in there. we forget now how incredibly overwhelming the deficit story was at that point. you know, you look at that administration. the coming in, just no one thought they could do anything. it's not unlike the conversations we're having now. and they went in, they did the deal, president bush had to shift from read my lips to as only he could put it, read my hips. and it was good for the country, it created a political dynamic that cost president bush the election in 1992, and which we're still living, because that gave us grover norquist, et cetera. >> let's get to grover norquist in a minute, but i do have a question. the gop plan consists of $2.2 trillion in savings over a decade. that includes raging the eligibility age for medicare from 65 to 67. and lowering cost of living increases for social security benefits. they also propose overhauling the tax code to generate $800 billion in new revenue. but without raising taxes on the wealthy. in a letter to the president, leading republicans compared their plan to one ersk
's lunch meeting in the private residence. >>> we are following developing news. former president george h.w. bush has been hospitalized. we'll update you on his condition. >>> plus, we are just now an hour away from an historic u.n. vote on the palestinian's bid for statehood. israel's vice prime minister joins me live. now we need a little bit more... [ male announcer ] at humana, we understand the value of quality time and personal attention. which is why we are proud to partner with health care professionals who understand the difference that quality time with our members can make... that's a very nice cake! ohh! [ giggles ] [ male announcer ] humana thanks the physicians, nurses, hospitals, pharmacists and other health professionals who helped us achieve the highest average star rating among national medicare companies... and become the first and only national medicare advantage company to achieve a 5-star rating for a medicare plan... your efforts result in the quality of care and service we're able to provide... which means better health outcomes... and more quality time to share with
have been taxaphobic ever since george h.w. bush raised the taxes back in 1990. he lost the election. they have been afraid to do it ever since. >> e.j. dionne, thank you so much for your time. have a nice great weekend. >> and great to be with you. thank you. >>> coming up, karl rove finally has the answer. he knows exactly why he blew through $300 million for his billionaire buddies. you've got to hear this. >>> and scott walker's so concerned about retirees that he want to get rid of same-day voting registration. i wonder what they think. he won't like the response. that's next. [ male announcer ] citi turns 200 this year. in that time there've been some good days. and some difficult ones. but, through it all, we've persevered, supporting some of the biggest ideas in modern history. so why should our anniversary matter to you? because for 200 years, we've been helping ideas move from ambition to achievement. and the next great idea could be yours. ♪ when you give a child a toy, it has to work. ♪ make just one someone happy and when it's a toys for tots child, well, what could
with jerry ford. they became good friends. >> very. >> of course, george w.'s father, george sr. bush became good friends with bill clinton. he calls him his son practically. this does work occasionally. >> you can't imagine that happening, though, with romney and obama. >> we saw them in the debate. they don't like each other. >> they don't like each other. there seems to be a personal animosity toward each other. they don't seem to respect one another. >> why do people, this is not partisan, an observation, why does everybody who run against romney hate him? mccain picked sarah palin, he hated him so much, rather than him as running mate. >> it's a core. >> and lacking one. >> obama as his legal background likes to have a legal argument that fits together. romney's ideology doesn't do that. i think there's not that -- >> do they believe he's not a member of the club, doug, because he country have a political philosophy. people like to say they live or die on what they believe. that's why they're in pub leg life, not just to be celebrities but to carry out a motive. do they believe he lacks
like a cake. we have to take a break. update about former president george h.w. bush hospitalized in houston quote, president bush has been in and out of the methodist hospital in the texas medical center treated for complications relating to his bronchitis. he's in stable condition and is expected to released within the next 72 hours. >>> coming up, president obama may be meeting with governor romney today but also hosting other special and possibly much, much smarter guests at the white house. we'll reveal the vips next. have a good night. here you go. you, too. i'm going to dream about that steak. i'm going to dream about that tiramisu. what a night, huh? but, um, can the test drive be over now? head back to the dealership? [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a passat. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 down, $0 due at signing, $0 deposit, and $0 first month's payment on any new volkswagen. visit vwdealer.com today. to provide a better benefits package... o
now. just getting information about former president george h.w. bush. a source close to the bush family has confirmed he is hospitalized in houston suffering from cronkikro bronch. he has had a severe cough and been in and out of the hospital for the last couple of weeks. he's in the hospital now as an abundance of caution. we'll keep you posted. >>> today egyptian president morsi will explain why he had assumed near absolute powers. this move sparked days of nationwide riots. and a government study is saying that the prison at guantanamo bay could close and u.s. prisons could safely hold the inmates. 166 people are being held accused of plotting terror attacks against the u.s. now, supporters say the move will save millions of dollars. >>> troubled actress lindsay lohan spent the morning under arrest at a new york city police station. the nypd cuffed the 26-year-old after allegedly punching another woman at a new york city night club. no word yet on what prompted the alleged fight. >>> a sign of the season here at nbc. did you catch it? the rockefeller center christmas tree all
.n. vote on statehood. >>> former president george h.w. bush will likely leave the hospital this weekend. doctors say the 88-year-old quickly recovered from viral bronchitis and a secondary infection. >>> a bankruptcy court approved the liquidation of hostess brands. the company says more than 100 companies are interested in buying its famous brands which include twinkies. the court also approved nearly $2 million in executive payout bonuses. >>> michael jackson's father, joe jackson, is recovering from a mild stroke in las vegas. family, friends say the 83-year-old is back to normal, talking and making jokes. >>> one of new york's kindest is speaking out today. you may have seen this internet sensation, this picture of showing an nypd officer giving new socks and boots to a barefoot homeless man. on "today," the officer talked about his newfound celebrity. >> surreal and extremely humbling. it's a great experience. i think it's a lot about the people, though, because you see such great comments. people are saying that, you know, their faith in humanity is restored, and that's the bigges
was not familiar with the area. >>> former president george h.w. bush remains in stable condition at a houston hospital. the 88-year-old is being treated for a lingering cough-related bronchitis. the 41st president has been in and out of the hospital recently from complications resulting from bronchitis. >>> and still no word on who bought the second winning powerball ticket in arizona, although a lot of attention is being paid to this guy. he was in a maryland convenience store, he claimed to have the winning ticket and then he ran out. we haven't seen or heard from him since. >>> the united nations general assembly voted thursday to recognize palestine as a nonmember observer state. the news was received with celebration in the west bank, but, palestinians face a harsh reality. their borders are mostly controlled by israel. they have competing governments in the west bank and gaza. what's ahead for palestinians and israelis now? let's bring in nbc correspondent martin fletcher who has covered this region longer than any other journalist in the world. just after the u.n. vote, israel and jewi
to be this way. 1992 when bill clinton unseated george h.w. bush, these same counties, won 60% with the whole foods market. 40% with cracker barrel. so that was a 20-point gap. it's a 48-point gap now. >> there are some older votes, maybe the old fdr coalition that have shifted to the republican party. the democratic coalition of younger voters, hispanics, african-american, is just growing in size. >> if you had to pick a couple of counties that would epitomize that shift, you look at ohio and the white working class counties along the ohio river, coal country, belmont county, ohio, gave john kerry 52% of the vote in 2004. obama only won 44.7% this time around. if you had to look at a county that captures where democrats are doing better and better, it's probably in your home state, chuck, osceola, florida. outside of orlando, kissimmee, st. cloud, huge growing puerto rican population. consider that john kerry only won 47% of the vote there in 2004. guess where obama was this year? 61.7%. >> i challenge anybody to find another county with that dramatic of an uptick, that size of a county. spe
, former president george h.w. bush what happened? >> thomas, i've been traveling the last couple of days and i've not seen all the details of what happened there, but obviously the republican party we're at a time of trying to reorganize we've had our heads handed to us a couple of times and national elections 2008 and 2012 and you know, there's some wounds, some sensitivities and right now i think the party's trying to navigate a day at a time, and the policy arena, in the policy arena a lot of those sensitivities come out and in a sense i think the party is trying to find its way now. >> john boehner has been getting pushback from mcconnell over tax cut issues. if tax cuts for the wealthy is the president's red line and doesn't appear to be willing to bend on that and just had an election where the american people used a federalized voice to send a mandate that they wanted the leadership president obama would commdemonstrate in second term because he ran on the issue, isn't it something speaker bainer can get through, get enough republicans to stomach this and avoid pushing everyone to
campaign between bill clinton and george h.w. bush and no one would have predicted that two two dedecades on they would pretty close friends working on projects together. sometimes it's still acrimonious between former competitors, but it this relationship could being akin to that clinton/bush relationship. >> so let's say he doesn't have any public role in the sense of in this administration. matt, what do you think, what does he do next? >> a lot of people are speculating sort of what he might did. it's hard to tell what mitt romney himself is thinking. right now he's enjoying kicking back. you saw photos of him pumping gas, not a generous photo by any stretch, but other photos of him riding roller coasters at disneyland. next who knows. but he is having an office and the office is in boston. so there have been speculation right after the election that he may sort of relocate for all intents and purposes to the west coast and to his house out there. so it does seem like he'll keep his ties in boston at least. >> good to see you gentlemen. thank you. >>> today's tweet of the day mixes po
. >>> george h.w. bush's doctor says he's getting better fast and could be released from the hospital this weekend. the 88-year-old was taken in with bronchitis and is recovering from a lingering cough. his doctor also says he's in great spirits. >>> hillary clinton says the government is still figuring out how to handle washington state and colorado legalizing marijuana. >> i respect those in the region who believe strongly that that would end the problem. i am not convinced of that, just speaking personally. i think when you've got ruthless, vicious people who have made money one way, if it's somehow blocked, they'll figure out another way. they'll do kidnapping. they'll do extortion. >>> not entirely surprising, a bunch of lawmakers are leaving congress to be lobbyist. heath schuler will work for duke energy, jason altmire will become part of florida blue, and geoff davis is forming his own public affairs firm. >>> and here is the must-see video of the day. yes, that's bo, the white house releasing these shots of the first dog checking out all the holiday decorations including a re
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